The cost of upgrading capital equipment for ORs and ambulatory surgery centers is getting higher and higher. Unfortunately, the margins for these same centers are tight, so the last thing you want to do is overpay for equipment or over-outfit your OR.
Fortunately, there are proven ways to plan for a capital equipment spend without spending more than budgeted. It’s all about doing your due diligence and sharpening your negotiating skills.
When surgical facility leaders are budgeting for and purchasing capital equipment, there are several key areas to consider:
- How easy it is to use?
- How much training is necessary and how many staff members will need to be trained?
- How many staff members will be associated with using the equipment?
- Will the staff operate the equipment from a single site? Will you need more than one X-ray tech?
It’s also important to review the reliability and track record of existing equipment, before deciding what equipment you actually need. For example, if you have a piece of equipment that is not working much of the time, you’re losing money when it’s not operational. You need dependable medical imaging devices for optimum earning.
You also need to consider the warranty coverage for any new equipment you purchase. As a rule, a 12-month warranty is offered, but you can try to negotiate for 18 or even 24 months. Another way to save money is to buy used or refurbished capital equipment. You still get the performance you want with excellent warranties and you can save money and get the equipment more quickly. Another cost-saving idea is to bundle your purchases whenever possible.
It’s also wise to take the time to talk to your peers about what has worked for them. You can learn from their mistakes and avoid your own!
Talk To An Expert
The medical imaging experts at Atlantis Worldwide are happy to help you with your planning, answer questions and help you find affordable solutions. Give us a call today.
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Meet the author: Vikki Harmonay